Vintage Trouble made a stop at the Fillmore last night and blew the roof off of the iconic venue in a performance that can only be described as EPIC. Ty Taylor was in fine form on this last night of their US tour, singing his heart out while performing some of the classic acrobatics his fans have all come to expect at a VT show. For the boys, the show served as a gesture of gratitude to their fans that had been waiting impatiently for their return.
It started right on time with a gorgeous backdrop that stood high above the Fillmore stage. And after a quick huddle to get themselves pumped up, they kicked everything off with “Strike Your Light,” a perfect selection to get everyone in the mood.
They followed it up with the hit single “Hand Me Down Blues,” which had Ty jumping up on the pit gates to greet his fans. He then lunged into the audience and began one of the most intense crowd participation stunts I think I’ve ever seen. He had them crouching, then raising, jumping and singing, and then out of the blue, he grabbed a cute pup out of the audience. He finished up the song holding his new furry little friend then gave it back to his rightful owner. What a night that pooch must’ve had had. How many dogs do you know can play rockstar like that for a night?
All in all, a great night was had by everyone. The underlying theme of salvation through music shined brightly throughout the historic walls of the Fillmore. Patrons were encouraged to give each other high fives in between songs and all were brought together closer, thanks to the magic of music.
Last Thursday, Rickie Lee Jones played the UC Theater Taube Family Music Room in Berkeley; so we’re doing a brief retrospective on the career of one of the greats of American music. Over the many decades of her stellar musical career, American singer Rickie Lee Jones has worn many hats. Among other things, she’s a vocalist, a musician, a songwriter, a producer, an actor and a narrator; and that’s not all – she’s created music in several genres, including rock, pop, blues, soul, jazz, and R&B. She’s a two-time Grammy winner, she’s been listed as the 30th among VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll, and she’s had her album Pirates grab the 49th position on the list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women.
The start of it all was in 1970’s LA when a 19-year-old Jones used to play her musical pieces in the city’s bars and coffee houses, before meeting songwriter Alfred Johnson, with whom she collaborated and co-wrote “Weasel and the White Boys Cool” and “Company.” These tracks later appeared on her self-titled debut album, which became an instant hit upon its release in 1979 thanks to the popularity of the jazz-laced “Chuck E.’s in Love”, which went on to win the 4th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jones then went on to enjoy a string of accolades and wins, among which was the Grammy award for the Best New Artist. Interestingly, Jones almost didn’t attend the 1980 ceremony where she eventually went on to receive the award. During the period from 1979 to 1982, Jones toured extensively and successfully, growing her audience across the US and Canada, before moving back to California and setting up camp in San Francisco. Some years later, she moved to Paris, where she experienced another renaissance, leading to a second Grammy, this time in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration.
The 90s saw an interesting change of pace for Rickie, seeing the creation of Pop Pop, an album of covers of numbers from genres like jazz and pop. There’s a kind of inspiration that truly mature artists get from covering songs, finding a place for their own voice by bringing their skills to songs written by others; and Rickie hit a rich seam of interpretive creativity, releasing a second album of covers, It’s Like This, in 2000. The record included covers of tracks by popular legendary artists like the Gershwin brothers, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, and Steely Dan, among others.
Jones has also been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (in its most popular edition to that date), and has had her music licensed for a number of television series and movies such as House M.D., Thirtysomething, Frankie and Johnny, When a Man Loves a Woman, Jerry Maguire, and Friends with Money.
She’s a classic, and she’s not stopping. The UC show was part of a tour taking in Pasadena, New Orleans, and Boston; one for the fans, and one for anyone who wants to discover just how deep, and how vibrantly alive, the roots of American music are.
Sofi Tukker just released a new single entitled “Energia.” It’s a little reminiscent of their breakthrough single “Drinkee” with Brazilian Portuguese influences. In a press release that went out this morning the group said, “With Energia, we have gone back to our roots as lovers of the Brazilian language. This song, like ‘Drinkee’ and ‘Matadora,’ is a collaboration with the Brazilian poet, Chacal. We hope you love it as much as we loved making it!”
The band recently played the Greek Theater with Odesza (check out our review of the show HERE) and are enjoying the remaining largely sold-out North American tour. The duo recently announced a European headline tour for January & February 2018, as well as Estéreo Picnic Colombia and Lollapalooza Brazil festival dates.
Nov 17 – Montreal, QC @ NewSpeak (DJ Set)
Nov 17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
Nov 18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
Nov 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 24 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*
Nov 25 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*
Dec 11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
Dec 12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
Dec 13 – Providence, RI @ The Strand*
Dec 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center*
Jan 27 – Dublin, IR @ The Button Factory
Jan 31 – London, UK @ Heaven
Feb 2 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Feb 3 – Ghent, Belgium @ Democrazy at NEST
Feb 4 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
Feb 5 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
Feb 7 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Feb 9 – Bordeaux, France @ Iboat
Feb 10 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
Feb 11 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
Mar 23 – Bogotá, Colombia @ Festival Estéreo Picnic
Mar 25 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Lollapalooza
It looks like the wait is finally over. Stone Temple Pilots have just revealed the identity of their new lead singer. Jeff Gutt, a former contestant on “The X Factor,” will be the new vocalist fronting the iconic band. To coincide with the announcement, the group has released a new song entitled “Meadow.” Check it out above.
The song marks the band’s first track since the deaths of former vocalists Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, who became the lead singer in 2013. In a statement, Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo said, “We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy.”
Nobody really knows for sure why Oasis broke up. It seems like each of the Gallagher brothers has their interpretation of what happened that fateful night at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, France back in ’92. And although the thought of a band reunion at this point doesn’t seem very likely, each of the brothers has carried the torch of the band’s iconic sound in their way.
Noel has had much success over the years with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Liam, in his own right, most recently broke records with his solo album As You Were that’s peaked at #1 on the charts in the UK. If that weren’t enough it also broke a vinyl record of being the biggest one-week vinyl sale debut in over 20 years.
Last night the most tumultuous out of the Gallagher duo hit the stage with the same cool demeanor and arrogance that his fans have grown to expect. He kicked off the evening with the classic “Rock n’ Roll Star,” which he sang with his iconic pose of screaming up at the mic in defiance. He followed it up with “Morning Glory,” a song which got the crowd jumping emphatically to the thump of the booming kick drum. But then he switched it up a bit.
The night wouldn’t solely be a walk down memory road for Oasis fans, so as soon as he put away a few hits from the old days, he jumped into some of his new material. He performed the two stand-out tracks from his latest LP, “Greedy Soul” and “Wall of Glass.” The latter, a song dominated by a fierce harmonica lead and catchy hook that’s quickly made its way up the Itunes charts.
The biggest highlights of the show included Liam inviting a young fan onstage to introduce “Slide Away.” A surprising gesture of tenderness from the usually rugged and intimidating singer. Then towards the end of the performance, he orchestrated an audience selection for its encore. It was to be a toss-up between “Wonderwall” and “Live Forever.” The crowd emphatically picked “Live Forever,” which was cut short due to the Warfield’s curfew. And honestly, what’s more rock n’ roll than breaking a live music venue’s curfew?
The first round of dates for Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour was announced this morning just days after Swift’s appearance on Saturday Night Live. It kicks off on May 8, 2018 in Glendale, AZ, and will make a stop in the Bay Area on May 12 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
For Bay Area music fans wanting to snatch their tickets early, they will go on-sale to general public on Dec. 13.
Metallica today reissued a remastered version of their third album, Master of Puppets. The reissue is available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD Expanded Edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download).
The Expanded Edition includes previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set includes a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
Click HERE to watch James Hetfield unbox the reissue.
Metallica recently wrapped the European leg of their WorldWired tour. Last night they headlined the Band Together Bay Area benefit at AT&T Park in San Francisco. See below for a list of upcoming dates.
2/1 – Meo Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
2/3 – Wizink Center – Madrid, Spain
2/5 – Wiznik Center – Madrid, Spain
2/7 – Palau Sant Jordi – Barcelona, Spain
2/10 – Pala Alpitour – Turin, Italy
2/12 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
2/14 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
2/16 – Sap Arena – Mannheim, Germany
3/27 – Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, Denmark
3/29 – Barclaycard Arena – Hamburg, Germany
3/31 – Wiener Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
4/2 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
4/5 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
4/7 – Schleyerhale – Stuttgart, Germany
4/9 – Schleyerhale – Stuttgart, Germany
4/11 – Palexpo – Geneva, Switzerland
4/26 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
4/28 – Tauran Arena – Krakow, Poland
4/30 – Leipzig Arena – Leipzig, Germany
5/2 – Telenor Arena – Oslo, Norway
5/5 – Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
5/7 – Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
5/9 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland
5/11 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland
Amplify Her, a west-coast directed documentary film, graphic novel, and animated motion comic series, is coming to The Castro Theatre on Nov. 16. The documentary film, graphic novel and animated motion comic series explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene.
Imagined and brought to life by more than 21 female creators across North America – mainly from the West Coast – the 89-minute feature follows seven up-and-coming stars as they find their unique voices within a male-dominated realm. On the surface, it’s a story about women in the electronic music industry, but the film’s deeper message is the resurgence of “the feminine” in Western culture.
We spoke to Ian MacKenzie, one of the directors of the film, about what drew him to make this movie, why he feels that there is discrimination against females in music today, and what he hopes people will take away from it.
What was your motivation for making the film? I had completed work on my previous film Occupy Love (directed by Velcrow Ripper) which looked at the global revolutions that swept much of the world in 2011. It featured an array of artists, activists, and elders from many diverse peoples. Afterward, I became compelled by the idea of making a documentary that focused almost exclusively on women.
In the summer of 2012, I heard a mix by the artist AppleCat and was immediately intrigued by the way she wove sound and story. Those two things collided: a film about women and the electronic music scene. Soon after my friend Nicole Sorochan came aboard to produce the project and later became the co-director.
My motivation came from both a curiosity of needing to understand the mystery and to amplify the true beauty and power of the feminine that is so necessary for our time.
What kind of discrimination do women DJs face in today’s electronic music industry? Many of the women we interviewed reported similar challenges: from being taken seriously as an artist, to getting a fair shot at bookings, to unwanted sexual advances from other artists and promoters. It was also interesting to note, almost all figured these were isolated experiences particular to them. They couldn’t or were led to believe, that this wasn’t an industry-wide phenomenon.
In fact, I believe this is culture-wide: the systemic oppression of the qualities that could be understood as “feminine” — like intuition, emotional intelligence, and collaboration.
Humanity is collectively facing a choice: to come back into partnership or perish. As one poet shared during the occupy movement: the future belongs to the most compelling story. Amplify Her is our attempt to tell a damn fine story.
Who do you think is responsible for it? It’s tempting to point the figure at the entire gender of “men” as the problem, though it’s much more complex. It would be more accurate to say the current structures of patriarchy are the problem — the enshrinement of “immature” masculinity and its capacity to dominate everyone else. This system is traumatizing for everyone involved, including men who are caught in it just the same.
The movie makes a strong distinction between DJ and Producer. Why is the distinction important? Going into the film I actually didn’t realize there was a difference. It was only after speaking with the artists that I realize how strongly they made the distinction, partially to convey the work involved in crafting music from scratch as opposed to “merely” weaving the work of others. That said, the ability to perform to a live audience and authentically connect with the crowd is an incredible gift, also worthy of veneration.
What did you learn from making the documentary?
Many things. I learned that documentaries always take longer than you think. I learned that energy drinks eventually stop working when you’ve been up shooting at all night festivals. And I learned that magic happens when women are given the space and support to bring their gifts to the stage (and anywhere else for that matter).
Nicole shared her own revelations while making the film in her TedX talk in 2015 that can found HERE.
How did you decide which DJs to feature? AppleCat was the initial inspiration for the film. I asked her to connect me with other artists in her network, and from there, Nicole and I followed the flow of luck and inspiration to see what we could gather. Eventually, certain artists emerged that had the combination of powerful stories and were equally compelling on camera (an important factor for a documentary).
From the reviews that I’ve read online, it seems like the documentary is not your average movie-going experience because the audience is invited to participate. What kind of audience participation would like to see when the movie comes to The Castro theater in San Francisco? Women often feel isolated in their feelings. We encourage the audience to get rowdy! To cheer and clap at the parts that excite them. As well, the film is as much about the ideas/themes as it is about feeling the bass. We want the audience to experience what it’s like at festivals such as Sonic Bloom and Burning Man. It can’t fully be translated as an idea.
Amplify Her includes a seven-part motion comic and a graphic novel. Can you talk a little about that?
Nicole’s background is in transmedia. She recognized early on that the women bears a close resemblance to superheroes. They have colorful outfits or costumes, cool names, and the superpower of conducting the energy of an entire dance floor. Therefore, she came up with the idea to gather together female writers, illustrators, and animators to bring their stories to life in the mythic and science-fiction realm.
The result is seven gorgeous stories that go deep into the lives of these women, which we then wove back into the documentary. I don’t know if that’s ever been done before — a seamless story that includes both the directors’ and the subjects’ perspectives of themselves.
** Watch behind the scenes short on the process of making the graphic novel HERE.
What do you want people to take away most from this movie?
We want women (and all genders) to feel empowered by these women and their stories of struggle and creativity. The feminine is rising everywhere — and the next wave is about far more than “equality.” If equality is simply the chance for women to steer the levers of power that is ultimately careening our culture headlong toward catastrophe, then this is no true revolution.
Amplify Her will play at The Castro Theater in San Francisco on Nov. 16. You can purchase ticketsHERE and check out the Facebook page for the event HERE.
Local Bay Area music scene favorite Annie Bacon is playing the Hotel Utah on 11/29 with two LA-based musicians – Sara Noelle and Karen Dezelle. As a fun promotional item, she will be handing out bacon to anyone who is on or who joins her mailing list that night — Cause Annie Bacon.
Annie Bacon plays the Hotel Utah Wednesday, Nov. 29 / Show 8:00 / $10 / 21+ Purchase tickets HERE
“Annie Bacon … creates a cinematic experience for listeners… her sound varies as each track pulls from various influences, sometimes folk, sometimes indie-rock, but always fiercely emotional. (“What we said” is) a track and video that you’ll forget you’ve left on repeat all day. ~ Earmilk
“Bacon’s newest release “What We Said,” stirs a dream-like air of a musician finding their way back home” ~ SF Sounds
“When I think of people who exemplify the Bay Area’s creative culture, I think of people like Annie Bacon. Highly original, filled with integrity and continually questing.” ~No Depression
“Songs full of empathy and passion” ~The Bay Bridged
“Some nights you need to rock out to hardcore, other nights you want sweet and tender vocals over a folk-y melody, the kinds of songs in which the lyrics mean something and the music carries you right along. Annie Bacon, also known for her “Folk Opera” work, offers that soothing sound you may yearn …Think Americana, with an emotionally driven undertone.” ~SF Bay Guardian